Archive for the ‘Holy Spirit’ Category

Praying Without the Holy Spirit

February 21, 2014

“If you could pray the best prayer in the world without the Holy Spirit, God would have nothing to do with it.”

– C. H. Spurgeon

John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

 

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Antinomianism’s Dead Faith, without Works, being Alone

February 14, 2014

“From my very soul, I detest everything that in the least savours of the Antinomianism which leads people to prate about being secure in Christ while they are living in sin. We cannot be saved by or for our good works, neither can we be saved without good works. Christ never will save any of His people in their sins; he saves His people from their sins. If a man is not desiring to live a holy life in the sight of God, with the help of the Holy Spirit, he is still “in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” … The idea of “saving faith” apart from good works, is ridiculous. The saved man is not a perfect man, but his heart’s desire is to become perfect, he is always panting after perfection, and the day will come when he will be perfected, after the image of his once crucified and now glorified Saviour, in knowledge and true holiness.”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

James 2:17-26 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Spirit-filled is not special …

February 14, 2014

“The Spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for his people.”

– A. W. Tozer

Ephesians 5:15-18 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Quick Prayerism

February 13, 2014

Quick Prayerism is an evangelistic methodology that is
quick to get people to pray a sinner’s prayer after a shallow
gospel presentation and usually without any hint of the
necessity of repentance (or by redefining repentance to be the
same as faith or to be a mere change of mind).

It is quick to pronounce those people saved and to give
them “assurance” and to try to baptize them even if they
barely show any interest and even if they give zero biblical
evidence of having been born again.

Frequently, Quick Prayerism incorporates psychological
salesmanship manipulation. …..

In Quick Prayerism, an empty “sinner’s prayer” typically
replaces Holy Spirit conviction and miraculous regeneration.
Quick Prayerism is characterized by soul winning reports
that are grossly exaggerated, since the number of real
conversions (as evidenced by changed lives) are tiny
compared to the overall statistics. ……

We realize that not everyone that professes Christ will “pan
out.” There will be false professions in any ministry, but
Quick Prayerism is characterized by the amazing fact that
THE VAST MAJORITY of its professions are EMPTY.

– David Cloud

Holy Spirit

February 13, 2014

“Though with the teaching of the Holy Spirit every year’s experience will make the Christian riper, yet without that teaching it is possible that each year may make a man, not more ripe, but more rotten.”

– C. H. Spurgeon